Vice President Global Professional Certifications
Empresa: The Institute of Insternal Auditors (Lake Mary, FL. US)
Fecha: 26/08/2021


This position leads the Global Certifications Department.  This includes The IIA's professional certification programs including the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) programs as well as the qualification program, Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL).  This position leads all aspects of the IIA's global certifications and provides the strategic direction to the certification programs impacting over 300,000 candidates and certified individuals worldwide. Ensures the quality, integrity, relevancy, and profitability of The IIA’s certification program on a world-wide basis.  Manages a budget of more than $20 million USD.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Oversees the global certification and qualification programs and ensures that the programs maintain their integrity and relevancy by:

  • Developing and implementing proposed global certification and qualification strategies and developing long and short term goals and objectives to achieve those strategies.
  • Providing leadership and promoting innovative solutions to the delivery of certification and qualification products and testing modalities through recommendation and interactions with global certifications directors and staff.
  • Identifying and proposing strategies to both increase and communicate the value of IIA certifications and qualifications to Internal Audit professionals and to global stakeholders.  
  • Identifying and proposing new, innovative ways to remove global barriers to attaining certifications and qualifications and increase the number of certified auditors worldwide.
  • Providing leadership to the global certification department and overseeing the interface with IIA staff in the development of programs, projects and products which promote certification and qualifications.    
  • Reviewing and monitoring the financial and operational components of global certification programs to identify opportunities for growth and expansion.
  • Developing a long term strategy for growth of the programs and optimization of the internal capabilities and processes to ensure the highest quality standards.
  • Providing oversight for exam delivery and certification operations and delivering regular reports to the President and CEO, and the Board of Directors on key activities and achievement of goals and objectives. 
  • Partnering with CEO’s of Institutes and chapter leaders to increase awareness and participation in Global Certification and qualification programs at the local level.
  • Managing the certification and qualification programs for the North American Institute including marketing, customer relations and budgeting.

Participates in The IIA’s strategic planning processes and implementation by developing innovative products to meet the new opportunities defined in the IIA Strategic Plan. 

Collaborates with peers in The IIA and The Internal Audit Foundation and other external stakeholders to promote and achieve The IIA’s vision and mission.

Travels on both a national and an international basis as needed.  


Has overall responsibility for a unit of 24 staff with direct supervision of 4 directors.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


A Master’s degree (MBA or MSA) and experience preferably as a chief audit executive, with a minimum of 10 years experience in internal auditing. Experience with an international organization would be an asset to The IIA and its global goals.  

Additional experience requirements include:

  • Proven experience prioritizing and balancing multiple, on-going high profile projects.
  • Proven ability to oversee all aspects of projects from start to finish.
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently. 
  • Attention to detail and ability to work on multiple tasks and projects with proven ability to meet critical deadlines. 

Other Qualifications

  • Leadership – Take charge individual with vision and the means to get there. Manage, motivate, challenge and delegate to others. 
  • Collaborative – Demonstrates a willingness and ability to work as a positive and constructive team member. Proven ability to build teams and coalitions. 
  • Ethical – Posses honesty, integrity, and the highest ethical and moral standards. 
  • Communication skills – Good listener, excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Results-oriented – Meets established goals and objectives; has the strategic ability to see ahead and create and articulate strategies and plans. 
  • Management - Strong management skills; naturally reaches across organizational boundaries to achieve results. Strong ability to lead by influence and consensus.
  • Global – Business experience and cultural sensitivity to the global marketplace.
  • Change agent – Proven ability to effectively manage change and transition. 
  • Executive presence – Polished, self-confident, has political savvy necessary to maneuver through complex situations effectively and quietly.
  • Strategic thinker – Able to envision “the big picture” and lead an organization toward future goals. 
  • Human relations skills – Relates well to all kinds of people. Builds constructive and effective relationships. Leads as an effective coach and mentor.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.   Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.  Multiple language ability is an asset in any role with The IIA.


Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations.   Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Intermediate or higher ability to work in a computerized environment with a working knowledge of most Microsoft Office products.


Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation is required. Non-CIA incumbent would be required to complete the examination successfully within 12 months of hire. Other certifications considered an asset.


Strong managerial skills and ability to write at an executive level.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and color vision.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Frequent domestic and international travel may be required.

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